In 1873, while living in Riverside CA, Eliza Tibbets nourished and grew the very first naval orange trees planted in American soil. These trees eventually lead to the growth of all navel oranges produced in America to this day.
A bronze statue honoring Eliza and her great contribution to the California citrus industry was unveiled in Riverside CA, Friday August 5. The dedication of the statue occurred on what would have been Eliza’s 188th birthday.
See the video of the unveiling here: https://youtu.be/RVWNiqgWI8c
Learn more about Tibbets’ life in a free download of Creating an Orange Utopia.